From the back cover: The social values of human life vary from society to society and culture to culture, but some values have been universally recognised throughout the human history. The protection of life and property is one of the universally recognised values of society. But the Islamic Law regards the protection of Religion and sanctity of family just as important. The Islamic Criminal Law, an important branch of the Shari'ah, addresses these basic societal needs in a comprehensive and rational manner. This book discusses the principles of Islamic Criminal Law in its modern context and will prove to be a valuable reference as there are very few books in English on the subject at present.